WHY WE DEMAND A STATEMENT FROM THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

1. THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED IN THE CHURCH PREMISES

If I travelled out of the country and locked up my house, but someone else gained entry and committed a crime in my house, would I or would I not be called as a witness in the ensuing court case?

2. ITS REEKS OF INSENSITIVITY

This news broke out on a Sunday, the 31st of May 2020. So granted, all media channels of the church were focused on broadcasting the message of Pastor Adeboye. As someone with some background in social media management, I understand how that can work.

3. BECAUSE THERE’S PRECEDENT, DUH

Do you still remember the #SexForGrades documentary that was released last year? Of course, you do, except you’ve been living under a rock. And if you have, shame on you.

4. SHE WAS PROBABLY A MEMBER OF YOUR CHURCH

I hate that I have to use this argument, but it is what it is. Religious bodies tend to be tribal and protective of their members, so this is me speaking to them in their language.

5. ITS GOOD FOR YOUR REPUTATION

Imagine if the church had come out with an initial statement like the one, I drafted above. For one thing, I wouldn’t be writing this article right now. Instead, we would be commending the RCCG for their swift response.

It’s about Uwa

#JusticeForUwa

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Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade

Analyst/Emerging Tech Lead, Tech Hive Advisory | AI Ethics & Governance Researcher